Matsyendranath temple located at Bungmati, Nepal. The temple of red Matsyendranath ‘the God of rain’. Right at the back of the Temple of Matsyendranath within the temple premises is the temple of Lord Bhairava. Advertisements
Name: Asura cave, Shesh Narayan Location: Pharping, Nepal There is a controversy over this cave. Before when i was learning about Buddha it was said that in this cave Padma sambhava had meditated for seven years and was enlightened and that the burrow above was the representation of his head margin and the two hand prints on either sides were his handprints. Then i learned about Gorakhnath and then somebody else told me this cave was where he meditated and those were his handprints and head margin. In my opinion it is both’s cave. For me both attained the unattainable here. I don’t know why people are so entangled in creating controversies and involving themselves in it. Even if it was Gorakhnath or Padmasambhava , for me they provide the same essence of knowledge and they are both one to me. Instead of victimizing yourself in controversies, discover your gurus, Gorakhnath or Padmasambhava and learn the essence of the absolute truth from them. The head margin imprinted on the cave, the right hand print and the left hand print respectively below. There are five protruding spikes emerging from the hill which said to be the five cow teats. History says that milk used to drip down from these teats like feature.
Located at a distance of 21 km from Balkhu, Shesh Narayan stands at a hill in Pharping, Nepal. This is the only Narayan temple with two Vishnus. The premises of this temple is just breath-taking. This temple has four ponds in the name of Lord Vishnu.
Being new to the Dham, i had no idea of the day ahead. The other members and myself started cleaning the place and then Mata Pushpa Rajya Laxmi Shah made her entry. She had bathed herself and had changed into her Pitambari sari. This is always done before she sits in vyas. Then we all gathered around to pray to Gorakhnath. She then got her self seated and clasped her two hands together and then after a while she started shaking really hard. Her managed hair started to dishevel. The force were as such that her shaking seemed beyond normal. Then she started laughing aloud, then again seemed furious and then again she started laughing still shaking. Her lively laughter created vibrations within the room. Then she stuck her tongue out which was a sign of asking for a ‘bhog’ to which Mata’s attending quickly smashed a coconut into the ground and offered her the coconut water. After this Mata Bagalamukhi seemed content. But oh boy! Seeing such an incident for the first time in my life my heart couldn’t stop pounding. I had heard of such happenings but never had i thought i would be seeing it with my own eyes. There were only three in the room– Mata, one member attending to Mata and me. With her eyes still closed she said with the softest of voice’ Why are you being afraid?’ The confused attendant replied ‘ Why Mata? Why would i be afraid of you ,mother? That moment i realized Mata Bagalamukhi had heard the fear beating in me and i gestured to the attending member that it was me. After that Mata started off to provide aid to the ones who needed her blessing and help. It took me some time to fit into this situation since it was all new to me. Mata Bagalamukhi is prayed to by lighting 3 incense sticks and for Gorakhnath baba it’s 5 incense sticks.
Location: Chaubar, Nepal People offering their vessels to this temple is nailed to the building behind Adinath temple.
Most people usually offer the things to Gorakhnath that are generally offered to any other deities. Some offer the things that are beloved to lord Shiva to Gorakhnath keeping in mind that he is the human manifestation of lord Shiva. Don’t get second thoughts that you might have done something wrong. Anything given to Gorakhnath with your devotion, baba will accept. What i want to do here is give you an additional information about Guru Gorakhnath’s offerings. The main offerings you can give to Gorakhnath which he loves is ‘Rhot’ and his favourite ‘curd’. He also likes ‘Paan’.’Rhot’ is a type of small piece of bread which needs a lot of ingredient. It is said that offering one rhot is equal to offering one whole world to Gorakhnath. In ‘Gorakhnath Nikhil Pindeswor Dham’ this is done from time to time. Usually rhots are prepared in a number of 108 at the least and at the most ranges from lakhs to as much as you wish. The ingredients are: rice flour, flour, barley flour, honey, cow ghee, sugar, sauff, black pepper, masala, bhai masala, cow’s milk, oil and means of starting a fire. Only the men are allowed in making rhot. They mush in these ingredients and starts kneading. Then they take small portions of it and pinches in the middle to give it it’s appearance. Then they are ready to be deep fried in hot oil. There was also another type of rhot the name of which is mugre rhot which was prepared in Gorkha. It was a bulk of dough mixed with the same ingredient but it looked like a pretty big bread. This mugre rhot is directly cooked in fire. Anyways after offering it to Gorakhnath, the sacrament that we receive is just delicious. This is a must have if you are fore taking Gorakhnath as your Guru.
In buddhism Gorakhnath is the among the 84 mahadsiddhas. He is referred to as Goraksa, the immortal cowherd and represents himself with the name ‘BA GLANG RDZI’. Among the 84 mahasiddhas is also Matsyendranath who is referred to as Minapa, the bengali jonah. Matsyendranath is also called by many other names as Vajrapada , Achintapa, Lokh nath, karunamaya and also Macchaghnapada. In Nepal he is identified as the buddhist pantheon Avalokiteswara. In the vajrayana sect of buddhism he is also referred to as the mahasiddha Luipa which is quite in controversy. In Nepal he is famous as the Rato Matsyendranath “The God of rain”. The story of Gorakhnath and Matsyendranath in buddhism according to the book ‘MASTERS OF MAHAMUDRAS’: Whatever your birth, high, middle or low, Resourcefully using your given situation You reach your goal without impeding the amazing karmic flow Seizing the chance i set the seeds of my enlightenment By performing selfless service to Chaurangi with kindness; Thereafter Achinta administered the nectar of immortality Goraksa gained insight into non-dual reality Now here i stand.—-Cowherd, king of the three realms According to the buddhist text of the 84 mahasiddhas, Gorakhsa is referred to as a son of a poor incense seller who was employed as a cowherd. Minapa(matsyendranath) approached Goraksa and pointed out to a distance saying that there lies a prince who has no limbs and his death has been awaited by the circling vultures above him. Minapa asked ‘would you take care of the prince?’ to which Goraksa immediately replied positively and quickly headed towards where the prince was as Minapa tended to Goraksa’s herd. Upon reaching the deranged prince, Goraksa tended to him by tearing up his own clothes and applying bandage with it after cleansing the prince’s wounds. He returned back to Minapa and fed him the details. Minapa asked Goraksa ‘ Will you feed him too?’. Goraksa agreed to share half of his food with the prince. Minapa was pleased and instructed Goraksa as to how to tend the abandoned prince. After building a comfortable shelter for the prince, Minapa left. For twelve years Goraksa fed the prince half of his food and drink, bathed the prince and cleaned his excrements. He provided every comfort possible for the prince. Minapa had given the prince Chaurangi the initiation and empowerment and had instructed the prince Chaurangi to practise the pot-bellied yoga which on success would result in the regrowth of his limbs. In twelve years Chaurangi had accomplished his state of yog and Goraksa found a whole of Chaurangi standing in front of him. To show his gratitude towards Goraksa, Chaurangi offered him to teach him meditation but Goraksa declined. Goraksa replied that he already had a guru and that it was Minapa and he had been following his instructions and paid service to Chaurangi. When Minapa appeared, Minapa gave initiation and empowerment and gave instructions to Goraksa. Following Minapa’s instruction, Gorakhsa meditated and found his attainment but Minapa told him that unless he liberates one hundred million being he would not attain complete enlightenment. This made Goraksa initiating and instructing anyone who would listen to him. But Lord Shiva reinstructed him ‘Instruct only those who request it and also do not initiate those who lack faith and understanding.’ Thereafter Goraksa initiated those who were deserving of it and yet has managed to liberate many. Till this day those who are pure of mind and ready, receives initiation from Goraksa. Minapa, the bengali jonah I am called Minapa, the stubborn fisherman. Who plunged into the vast sea of my destiny, I am survived in the belly of the holy leviathan By practicing a yoga meant for Umadevi alone After this even solid rock Could not bear the weight of my excellence It is said that Minapa was actually a fisherman. Once while fishing he was swallowed whole by a large fish but Minapa was so strong and extraordinary that he built a home inside the fish belly. When Lord Shiva had finally decided to give the secret of great knowledge to Uma,the knowledge that would overcome the cycle of rebirths, he took Uma on a boat in the middle of the Ksir sagar as this knowledge was of great confidentiality and was not for every ears. Minapa seated inside the fish belly swam off and hid below the boat and listened intently to the narration of Shiva. But Uma had dozed off in the middle and when Shiva finally asked ‘ Are you listening?’ she finally woke up to his query and someone else replied ‘ Yes. I am listening.’ Through the power of yogic sight Shiva saw that it was Minapa that had replied. Lord Shiva was furious and cursed him that one day he will forget the great knowledge since it was acquired by unfair means. Chauranginath is referred to as Caurangipada or Caurangipa, the possessor of elixir of immortality. And Jalandhara, the chosen one also known has hadipa.